Deck Destroyers in action
S u m m a r y
Warships Number 19
cover, landscape format, 50 pages plus
covers (incl. full colour centre pages).
USD$8.97 from Squadron.com
timing as Airfix has re-released their
Cambelltown in 1/600, and Mirage are set to
release one soon in 1/400; excellent
companion for modellers.
mention of deck colours
Recommended to ship modellers.
by Glen Porter
Flush Deck Destroyers in action is available
online from Squadron.com
The US four-stackers might not have been the
prettiest Destroyers ever built, but there was no
doubt the British were very pleased to see them in
the Second World War, as they needed every ship they
could lay their hands on in their efforts to defeat
Most of these Flush Deck Destroyers were built
during the First World War. At that time they were
sleek and fast - some reaching top speeds of 40
knots (74 kph), but by the start of the Second World
War, most had seen better days and some had already
This Squadron/Signal "in action" book covers US
Flush Deck Destroyers from the earlier classes
through WWI, the 1920s and 1930s, WWII and their
subsequent scrapping; although some lasted until the
To my mind, the greatest asset of this book is
the excellent artwork in the form of line drawings
of the ships, their equipment and, of course, an "in
action" book would not be and "in action" book
without the beautiful colour artwork of Don Greer.
His piece on the front cover depicts USS Ward
attacking a midget submarine at Pearl Harbour; with
HMS Cambeltown in her final guise on the back cover.
Six striking colour profiles in the centre of the
book supplement these lovely pieces.
My only criticism is the lack of mention of deck
colours, as this is an important detail to ship
modellers. Of lesser importance is the absence of a
complete list if names, so a modeller might have
been able to tell exactly which class their
favourite subject was.
This is an excellent, compact reference of this
very interesting class of ship. Well done,
the review sample.
Review Copyright © 2003 by Glen
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